Colorado Orthodontics

Do You Still Need to See Your Dentist During Orthodontic Treatment?

You’re finally getting those braces that you’ve been wanting for months, maybe even years! You’ve scheduled your monthly visits to your orthodontist for exams and braces adjustments. Do you still need to go to your regular dentist during this time? The answer is, absolutely, yes!

Why See The Regular Dentist With Braces?

When you visit your orthodontist, your doctor will not be cleaning your teeth. That’s what your regular dentist will do when you visit him or her for regular checkups. With your new braces, the food you eat will have more places to get stuck and form bacteria. You will need professional cleanings on a regular basis to make sure that any food, bacteria and plaque are removed so that your teeth and gums stay healthy. Most Denver area orthodontists recommend you see your dentist at least every six months for cleanings and checkups.

Danger Of Tooth Decay With Braces

You must maintain great oral health while you have braces. It is absolutely possible that you could get cavities while you have braces, especially in and around where your brackets attach to your teeth. It’s more difficult to keep your teeth clean with braces. Poor gum health and tooth decay can interfere with your overall orthodontic treatment and oral health, potentially causing a slowdown in effective braces treatment.

Choose An Orthodontist That Will Work With Your Dentist

Make sure when you choose an orthodontist that you choose one that is willing to work with your dentist for your overall oral health. Checkups and cleanings are key and orthodontists like All About Braces in Denver will work with your dentist to make sure your dental health is excellent so that the end result of having braces is not only beautiful, straight teeth, but a healthy smile that will last a lifetime. Still not sure? You’re first visit to the orthodontist is almost always free, so don’t wait, make your appointment online today!

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